“I look at Netflix as basic cable for the world,” Williams explains. “They are literally basic cable, so everybody is going to have Netflix, and then it’s about what else”
Chris Williams, the founder and CEO of the kid-centric entertainment studio Pocket.watch, began his career as one of the first 100 employees at Yahoo, then launched his first startup, FanLib, which later rebranded as Take180 and was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2008.
Chris spent three and a half years at Disney and then joined Maker Studios as Chief Audience Officer. Maker was also acquired by Disney in 2014, and Chris spent another two years there before founding Pocket.watch in early 2017.
Chris and I sat down recently to discuss the key trends shaping the future of media and entertainment. He started by sharing his experience from the early days of Yahoo and what inspired him to launch FanLib (later Take180), born out of a desire to serve passionate online communities around fan fiction. “The notion that there are these subcultures that actually had massive scale — fan fiction being one of them — was just really compelling to me,” Chris explained. “Anime is another one that it was always like ‘Why hasn’t this bubbled into the mainstream?'”
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